Senate Reform: Canadian styleHe's not JC, he's JT. He doesn't walk on water but he can slightly stir a Senate scum pond.
I was almost as surprised as the Senators when Justin Trudeau kicked his Liberal Senators out of the Liberal Caucus. Boldly, JT informed the World "There are no more Liberal Senators". They have been set lose, free as birds.
So what did these bird-brained Senators do with their new-fangled freedom? Well they flocked into the newly minted Liberal Senate Caucus.
It is a sad reflection upon politicians, Senators and others, that they are simply incapable of independent thought. They are intrinsically herd animals. Our political leaders are in every way vacant. They wouldn't even be able to cast a shadow except for a throng of sycophants --- drooling fools, every one of them.
Stevie-boy-wonder Harper wants to have the people elect those Senators, but that won't be done.
Mr Mull-it-over-cair is definitive, and jealous, "get rid of the Senate", but that can't be done. Oh, how wonderfull if it could be done. All power to Emperor Mulcair. I've lived by the rule of a House of Commons without a Senate. Us New Zealanders call that a temporary dictatorship.
Of course, the pundits (and other not even idiots) spew "An elected Senate will cause chaotic power-splitting with the House of Commons". "It will cause grid-lock" and, heavens forbid, "politicize the Senate". Harmonious Canadian's just won't stand for that. So instead they say that Senators should be selected like recipients of the Order of Canada. Yeah, that works real well: Eagleson, Ahenakew, Singh, Fonyo, Drabinsky, and the great, the one and only, the never-to-be-forgotten, Lord Conrad Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour and former resident of some of the finest establishments in that former penal colony that is now more commonly called the United States of America.
Myopia, that's our Canadian problem. Or perhaps our vision is just blocked by the giant that slumbers along our southern border. Certainly, Australia has solved the problem of an elected Senate. Half of the Senate positions are up for election on the election cycle for the House of Commons. This gives Senators a term twice as long as those in the "other place". The concept of sober second thought is protected. The other side of the coin is that if Senate cannot untimately reach a compromise with the House of Commons on some pressing legislation, then the Prime Minister has the option of calling for a "Double Dissolution". That means an election where everyones seat is on the block, all Senators and all of the House of Commons. For a politician, tenure is paramount. They always find a compromise.
Of course, everything above is fantasy. The Consititution says: "It can't be done."